July 29, 2012 |
The Twenty-Year Death A Novel Ariel S. Winter Hard Case Crime: 672 pp., $25.99 Noir is, first and foremost, style. It's like kabuki, or, more to the point, the blues - a folk art defined by its conventions, by a sensibility and a form. The best noir is pointed, not so much about plot as it is about voice. It's about what happens when someone gets pushed beyond the limit, when he or she comes face to face with the emptiness inside. Think of Raymond Chandler, who helped define the genre when he started writing detective fiction in the 1930s, or Jim Thompson, whose pulp novels of the 1950s and early 1960s gave it a more desperate edge.
May 28, 2012 |
HBO's two-for-one biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn," which would more appropriately reverse the order of those names, dramatizes the stormy coming together and falling apart of the famous novelist and his third wife, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. The film, which premieres Monday, is a big-name affair, with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the leads and Philip Kaufman directing a screenplay by Barbara Turner ("Pollock") and Jerry Stahl ("Bad Boys II"). But - though it is clearly based on research, with dialogue that scavenges the principals' own writing - it is never quite believable, either as history or drama.
May 20, 2012 |
Most writers can only daydream about meeting - in the flesh - the characters they've imagined. But for Ernest Hemingway, one afternoon in Key West, Fla., it came close to actually happening. One day when the writer was in his mid-30s, hanging out at a local fisherman's bar, he spotted a woman uncannily similar to the strong-willed, sexually liberated heartbreaker from his first novel. "It's as if, borne on the sea foam, she emerged - out of his own mind," says director Phil Kaufman.
April 25, 2012 |
In the upcoming HBO movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn," actors Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman bring to life the passionate and stormy relationship between Ernest Hemingway and World War II correspondent Martha Gellhorn — the inspiration for the writer's classic novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls. " But the real star of the cable network's film, which premieres May 28, is San Francisco and the Bay Area. Although the movie takes place in nine countries, it was shot over 40 days last spring entirely on location within about 20 miles of the Northern California city.
July 2, 2011 |
Boozy, boorish and self-besotted, the world-famous writer in Woody Allen's current hit film, "Midnight in Paris," is kind of a clown. And, as played by actor Corey Stoll, he's an instantly recognizable replica of the author of "The Sun Also Rises" and "The Old Man and the Sea. " He is, of course, Ernest Hemingway. Or rather, he's the Hemingway caricature handed down to posterity: a hard-drinking, womanizing, big-game trophy-hunting, fame-craving blowhard who pushed his obsession about writing in a lean, mean prose style to the point of self-parody.
March 19, 2011 |
The fascination with Ernest Hemingway's years in Paris in the early 1920s seems to never die. Witness the sudden rise on bestseller lists across the country of "The Paris Wife," Paula McLain's novel narrated by the first of Hemingway's four wives, Hadley Richardson. She tells the story of their years together; 1920-27. Hemingway himself found these years fascinating ? in 1956, thirty years after his marriage to Richardson had ended, the author found an old trunk full of notebooks from that time in storage at the Paris Ritz.
December 9, 2010 |
Based on a posthumously published novel, "Hemingway's Garden of Eden," directed by John Irvin from an adaptation by James Scott Linville, tells the story of a writer (Jack Huston), his wife ( Mena Suvari) and the heiress ( Caterina Murino) who ignites a brief passion among all three. Handsomely presented, with locations in Spain and Africa, the film at moments accomplishes its ambitions of being a tart piece of steamed-up Jazz Age storytelling (casting Richard E. Grant as a drunken friend crisply ups the ante for most any film)
October 8, 2010 |
It's past midnight on a recent Friday night in Hollywood and Johnny Zander, owner of a new bar and lounge named Hemingway's , is slightly agitated. He's concerned that his new place, which is themed around writer Ernest Hemingway, is too crowded. Earlier in the evening, Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Party had decided to use Hemingway's as the unofficial gathering place for an after-party and, in keeping with the de rigueur customs of a post-"Hills" lifestyle, its organizers tweeted about it. Now, with last call a mere second-hand's sweep around the clock dial away, Hemingway's is packed hip-to-hip with tall, wasp-waisted young women with fine bone structure and skirts the size of pocket squares.
June 17, 2010
Glenn Beck's radio show has signed up its 400th outlet, L.A.'s KRLA-AM (870). The conservative firebrand will be heard from 6 to 9 a.m. starting July 6. "I have been doing radio since I was 13 years old, so this milestone is particularly meaningful to me," Beck said in a statement. "I am glad to join KRLA and look forward to continuing to grow our show as we bring the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment to millions of listeners every day." "The Glenn Beck Program" started on 47 stations in 2002.
July 27, 2009 |
Wearing a wool fisherman's sweater in 90-degree heat, a Texas man won an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest at a Key West, Fla., festival honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author. White-bearded David Douglas, 55, bested 139 other contenders at the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, staged Saturday night. Douglas' attire emulated Hemingway's appearance in a famous 1957 photograph by Yousuf Karsh. "It's very possible the sweater did it," a perspiring Douglas said of his victory.